Wednesday, July 22, 2009

It was the final straw...

As I approached it, I actually groaned outloud. Why me? Why did I have to be the one? I'm not good at this kind of stuff....it makes me wanna scream until my vocal cords give out.

"Mommy, please....please....please.....just do it", my kids pleaded with me. I groaned again and said, "Can't you all just wait until Daddy gets home from work? This is HIS thing...not mine".

They just stared at me with huge, pathetic eyes...."No, we can't wait....we won't wait....just do it....please".

I looked at it....again and again. My stomach turned...I felt nauseous. Oh, the anxiety was enough to send me over the edge. Why can't I just say no? Who's idea of a punishment was this?

"Mommy, come on....it's not that bad", they said. I laughed. "Yeah, right...then why don't YOU all do it?". One of them said, "Because we're just kids".

I sat down and examined it....I shook my head and pleaded with them again, "Please, let's just wait for Daddy to come home".

Then they said the magic words, "Mommy, if you do this for us, we won't bug you the rest of the day....we promise". That was all the incentive I needed....

It took me 3 hours to do it. I wish I were joking but I'm afraid I'm not. I had to start over at least 5 different times. I had to lock myself in the bathroom at least once....to cry out of pure frustration. I had to take several breaks to gather myself (and drink some wine....)

Finally, it was done.....my kids call it "the most awesome thing EVER"....I call it "the final straw that almost sent me to the psych ward".



Maybe it doesn't look that complicated....but, trust me, it was. I'm not cut out for this kinda stuff.

But look at these happy faces....I guess, in the end, it was worth all that frustration. Now where's that bottle of wine.....?


Random question of the day:

Bella: Cole, why does that happen?
Cole: Because it does.
Bella: Oh.


41 comments:

Kristina P. said...

You are an amazing mom!

We count handy jobs by the amount of swear words it takes.

MrsM said...

That's awesome of you! I totally would have just hid that thing and denied all knowledge of it's existence until Hubby got home!

Buckeroomama said...

You rock! ...and just look at the happy faces, well worth it. Definitely!

Theta Mom said...

Look at how happy and proud they were of their momma! I'm with you, that thing would have taken HOURS.

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Michele said...

It during moments like these I remember the words of that 1960s cartoon character, Super Chicken: "You knew the job was dangerous when you took it."

Yeah, so I'm a former English prof whose mantra comes from a cartoon character. My life feels like a cartoon most days, so I think it's fitting.

But it's so worth it in the end. And then you can have a glass of wine! :-)

Tami said...

hahhhaaaa I remember those days.. Now "we" hunny hubby and I hand it over to the older kids and say HAVE AT IT!
Caleb sit around his older brothers and helps them put things together. It's my quiet time LOL

YOU DID A FABULOUS JOB!

Christine said...

You are the best mom and the looks on their faces is priceless!!! I hope you drank enough wine for the both of us as I am craving a little myself. lol

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

So did you bugged the rest of the afternoon?!?!? 3 hours huh, it would have easily taken me all day! You are great mom and look at those happy faces!!!!!

PropellerHeadMom said...

That is the most complicated track layout I have ever seen. Awesome job!

Six Feet Under Blog said...

Too funny-I was all like, what the heck does she have to do? Whew! Im glad it was just that!

Brooke said...

you guess? :P hopefully it'll provide them with hours of mommy-free entertainment

Heather said...

Awesome job! So...did they keep up their end of the bargain?

Meg said...

OMG Thomas the Train set! I hate you Thomas the Train set. Why oh why did we think it would be a good idea 2 Christmases ago to buy all 6 million sets for our child. Why oh why does he think we need to set it up once a month?

Tear, sniffle, I feel your pain!!!!

Mommy24cs said...

I'm usually the one in the house who puts everything together. Hubby is not very handy and gets frustrated too easily.

Carson got a train track this past Christmas. It took me forever to put together and then he only played with it for about an hour and then the novelty wore off.

Nikki B. said...

oh dear gawd woman...just say no!!!

but, i don't know if i could've said no to woody either!!!

Morgan said...

We have a toy that I dread putting together. I feel bad for the kids because they'd like to play with it, but it is a MAJOR pain just to assemble it. And of course, you have to take the thing apart after they're done playing with it because it takes up a ton of space on the floor. Ugh.

Living It, Loving It said...

Ah, look at those smiles! Wasn't it worth it!

Mrs Cooper said...

You are awesome. I haven't been around for a bit but I'm back now. had some personal stuff going on. It's in the blog. Glad to see that all is still fun in your world.

Amy said...

Yeah for you. I think I would be joining. I am not great with that stuff either...

Karen said...

I cry inside every time my nephew wants me to help him set up one of these things.

I think I'm probably not cut out to be a mom!

♥georgie♥ said...

LOL you ROCK-there is no way i could have put that together!
Look at those precious faces!!!!

♥georgie♥ said...

LOL you ROCK-there is no way i could have put that together!
Look at those precious faces!!!!

Jenny said...

LOL! I'm not good at those things either.

Kathy B! said...

That would have sent me over the edge for sure. I have a pieve of brain missing that helps normal people put stuff like that together. You have definitely earned your wine today. The minute you hear that garage door go up? Have at it!

Heather Kephart said...

You crack me up! I agree that that thing is awesome. Joe Joe would die for that. Every time I put something together I question my intelligence. Why is is soooo haaaard?

Hajar Zamzam Ismail said...

LOL! It must be well worth the effort, to have them look so happy... maybe you got a second to flip through a magazine while they were occupied with it?

Lindsay said...

I just ran by your blog for the first time and love it : ) Very cute!

You did a great job putting that together! I think God will give you extra points for that one : )

The Lane Family said...

You rock as a mom and even though you need some wine and a padded room, those happy faces are worth it right?!?!

Wendi :)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

That is awesome! We have that track. I feel your pain. I know it well.

Kristen said...

awesome job! I am a weird one and love putting stuff like that together!!

Jen said...

I am not cut out for that stuff either. But I cut out for wine!

The Mother said...

Why do kids think we can do this stuff? Mommy and Daddy are omnipotent beings.

And we comply, proving it regularly.

Pass the wine.

LaVonne said...

Whoohoo! Good job! Whenever I have to do those difficult things I always have more respect for single moms. They have it tough.

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Helene. You should have called me, Bo & I could have had that thing put together in 10 minutes. We ARE professionals.

wife.mom.nurse said...

I love your writing.

you had me going!

Alicia said...

Oh my gosh, I was thinking of something drastic!! LOL!!

You're too funny!!

Oh..and I'm too lazy and tired to leave another comment on your other post, so I'll leave it here!

LOL..I totally cannot talk on the phone anymore! I used to be able to stay on the phone all night!!

Kaleena said...

I gotta say it AGAIN, Helene, you crack me up!!! I thought you were trying to pull a tooth or something! I act the same way when one of the kids has a tooth loose. Lol. Pass the wine please! Thanks for the laugh, I really needed it today!

The High Family said...

I am so glad we DO NOT own something like that and if we did...I would not have done what you did. What an awesome mommy you truly are!

What's with the hat?-- LOVE IT! ;)

Cynthia said...

I. Hate. Putting. Track. Together.
You did 1000X better job than I could have done. Good for you!

HarryJack's Mom said...

Sending you a virtual bow - I have cried many a tear over GeoTrax, but those smiles are always worth it :-) Hope they spend many quiet hours playing!

Toddler Crafts Susan said...

Hi

You have done it for your kids thats great job dude. I have also tried this trax and feed up of arranging it. But when i thought of my kids i tried and suceeded. I was a really happy moment.

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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